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Hana's Hundreds of Hijabs by Razeena Omar Gutta - Book Review

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By Razeena Omar Gutta, Manal Mirza (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781646866205
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Published: Barefoot Books - September 20th, 2022

When you have a hobby, you know it can sometimes get out of hand. And Hana’s hobby is fashion! It is making hijabs sparkle and shine with the goodies she finds in her grandmother’s jewelry box and things found at her aunt’s hair salon. But things are getting out of control and are taking over nooks and crannies she did not know the family home had! When she learns about a way to share her talents, and learn a few problem-solving techniques along the way, Hana’s world (and those of her friends, family, and community) is a lot brighter. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Harvest Days: Giving Thanks Around the World by Kate Depalma - Book Review

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By Kate Depalma, Martina Peluso (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781646866274
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Published: Barefoot Books - September 20th, 2022

Depalma shows us how people celebrate thankfulness. There are celebrations all throughout the world. They are thankful for the harvest, rains, family, and good food. We learn about twelve cultures we might not be familiar with. Each culture and their celebrations are shown with the wonderful details and colors of Martina Peluso’s illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Making Happy by Sheetal Sheth - Book Review

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By Sheetal Sheth, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646866229
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Published: Barefoot Books - September 20th, 2022

The young girl of the story, Leila, has emotions running all over the map about her mother’s illness. This causes her to not feel like doing anything. Not even share in class. She is feeling angry, sadness, confusion and more over the situation. She is not really able to understand why her mother is in the hospital. Why her mother has missed Leila’s presentation for class. And why an accidentally spilled glass at dinner makes her start sobbing uncontrollably. It is not until Leila’s father says it is time to start making some happy in their lives, that the fun is able to come about, and they can slowly fall back into, not normal, but good again. Based on the author's own experiences with their children, the text is complemented by the artwork of Khoa Le. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas - Book Review

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780063056763
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Published: HarperAlley - May 17th, 2022

On the surface this is a cute story of middle school woes. But on the deeper end is also a book that has several themes. There is fear: Bree is afraid of water as she cannot swim. There is family and friends: Bree and her father have a strong relationship. Bree’s new friends help her when she needs them the most. And history: The racism faced by black communities due to segregated pools and poorly maintained ones in their neighborhoods. The theme of puzzles also comes into play. This is how Bree solves many of the issues she faces, by breaking them down into pieces and finding how they fit. A fresh and familiar coming-of-age story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


My Life Begins! by Patricia MacLachlan - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780063116016
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 2nd, 2022

An adorable book about siblings and finding who you are not only to yourself but to others. It is a cozy (short) story about Jacob and the Trips (his triplet sisters). Even though Jacob wanted a litter of puppies, not siblings, he soon learns through his school project they are not "dolls" or "the girls" or even "the Trips" they are three unique people and even though he’s “the big brother” he might just be one of them, too. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett - Book Review

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By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063084087
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

There are puns, pizza, moon dust, and a poetry writing/quoting worm to name a few things that this story has. Sent by Earth scientists and generals (with interesting colloquialisms) to stop the space rats from eating the moon, our hero cat must save the day. When there, they meet new friends (a toenail clipping robot and the Moon Queen to name a few) that will get them through danger and mayhem. Old fashioned villains, villains that want to be heroes but are only villains, spaceships, and food in tubes fill out the edges. Goofy humor that is more than punny are the words of the day. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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